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2023 Ford F-150 Tremor Beats Ram 1500 Rebel In New Test

Long a dominant force atop the U.S. sales charts, the Ford F-150 has also beaten its foes in a series of recent comparison tests, all in different guises. The regular F-150 took down the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra in one comparison, while the V8-powered Ford F-150 Raptor R defeated the Ram TRX and the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning got the nod over its rival, the Rivian R1T. Now, MotorTrend has tested both the 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor and the Ram 1500 Rebel in its most recent battle of American pickups, and The Blue Oval pickup once again emerged victorious.

As is the case with most new vehicles these days, neither of these models is what one might consider cheap, with the 2023 Ford F-150 Tremor starting out at $62,865 ($72,145 as tested) and the Ram 1500 Rebel featuring a base price of $62,080 ($77,860 as tested). Each competes in the same class as more capable off-road pickups that sit a notch below a more hardcore version of each – in this case, the F-150 Raptor and TRX.

Inside the cabin, MotorTrend found the Tremor’s interior to be superior to the Rebel’s in terms of feel, design, style, and materials. Performance isn’t even close either, as the twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost – which generates 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – did 0-60 in 5.5 seconds and the quarter-mile in 14.2, while the Ram Rebel’s mild-hybrid 5.7L V8 Hemi makes 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet. Coupled with an extra 350 pounds, that equates to times of 6.6 and 15.1 seconds.

While the Rebel’s air springs provide a cushier on-road ride, MT found the Tremor to be more exciting, as well as far more capable off the pavement, making this a pretty easy victory by the rag’s standards.

“In a bubble, the Ram 1500 Rebel remains an excellent all-around truck,” MotorTrend concluded. “Despite the sky-high as-tested price, we still dig it and we still recommend this truck. But man, the Tremor is sweet. It’s handsome, quick, athletic, luxurious inside, stuffed with technology, and a monster when you take it off-road. Ford has built an absolute unit of a pickup truck, one that easily wins this comparison test.”

We’ll have more on the F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    As an F-150 owner, coming up on the end of my lease on a 2020 XLT 5.0 FX4, this Tremor is my dream truck. But it is completely unaffordable. So I’m buying out the residual, which is about the price of an Accord LX, and will slowly add a couple items. General Grabber ATX’s are getting installed next weekend. A 2″ front leveling kit is next.

  2. Clinton Hayes

    Again ford have you lost your minds with the price.

  3. blksn8k

    My ’18 F-150 is only a couple of months from being paid off with less than 37k miles. No way I could ever justify the price of some of these newer models. My truck is pretty well loaded with options (XLT Crewcab, 4×4, 5.0L, 3.73:1 axles, FX4 pkg, Sport pkg, Special Edition pkg, Towing pkg, moonroof, etc., etc.) and when new and with all the incentives and rebates available back then it was just a little over half the price of that Ram. Crazy.

  4. Yerd

    In this version of “The Tortoise and the Hare” the tortoise just has to wait until the hare inevitably drops out due to numerous recalls affecting a vehicles basic functions.


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